1930 Swift 10hp P-Type Doctor’s Coupé  Chassis no. 41778 Engine no. 3P1050

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Lot 403
1930 Swift 10hp P-Type Doctor’s Coupé
Registration no. GJ 7973 Chassis no. 41778 Engine no. 3P1050

Sold for £ 8,050 (US$ 10,858) inc. premium
1930 Swift 10hp P-Type Doctor’s Coupé
Registration no. GJ 7973
Chassis no. 41778
Engine no. 3P1050

Footnotes

  • Coventry-based bicycle maker Swift turned to motor manufacture at the turn of the century with a single-cylinder voiturette powered by a De Dion-style MMC engine, progressing to a 10hp twin-cylinder light car, entirely of its own design, in 1904. The twin was replaced by an 1100cc four-cylinder 10hp model in 1914. Revived after WWI, the 10hp ‘four’ was periodically improved and up-dated throughout the 1920s, arriving in its final form in late 1926 with the introduction of the P-Type. Produced until the firm’s closure, the revised 10hp P-Type incorporated front wheel brakes as standard and semi-elliptic front springing. With 21bhp on tap, the P-Type had a claimed top speed of 55mph and could average as much as 37mpg, giving a range of around 200 miles courtesy of its six-gallon fuel tank. Concentrating on the manufacture of small family cars while producing virtually all its own parts enabled Swift to beat its mass-producing rivals for quality but not for price, a policy that led, inevitably, to its closure in 1931.
    According to the Swift Register, only 196 Swift motor vehicles of all types are known to survive worldwide, mostly in the UK but spread as far as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This example’s duplicate logbook records the first owner (1960) as ‘AC Owners Club’. One of only 12 of its type known to exist, the car was purchased by its late owner in 1967 and restored from the chassis upwards, including a new ash frame. Completed in 1979, it has been regularly driven and exhibited ever since, winning many trophies at local and national rallies including Sandringham, Brooklands and many others until its owner’s death. Regularly maintained and kept in dry storage, the car is offered with assorted spares, instruction manual, current road fund licence, MoT to July 2006, Swansea V5 and all expired MoTs dating back to 1988.
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